Jack Straw-> Franklin's Tower, Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed-> Looks Like Rain-> Don't Ease Me In, Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away*-> Sugar Magnolia*, E: U.S. Blues** Finale: Bridging the Gap***
Cambodian Refugee Benefit. FM Broadcast KSAN San Francisco.*w/ John Cippolina and Carlos Santana, **w/ Greg Errico, ***w/ everyone. Other artist(s): Joan Baez, Jefferson Starship, Carlos Santana & The Beach Boys
LineageDat -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC
Yeah, I agree, the last two songs looked better on the playlist than they sounded. Not a fan of religious crap anyhow and the land of 1000 dances was not all that musical. Historical only, otherwise, this ole dog's gonna pass.
January 28, 2013 Subject:
I had never heard of this set until I stumbled across it here on the archive and I was beyond pleased to hear such a unique and deftly executed set.
As the band was sharing the stage for a charity event, they only play one set, but what a set it is! From a structural standpoint, it seems that the band is trying to combine elements from both sets of a full length show.
The opening Jack Straw>Franklin's is magical (talk about a rare transition) and the Minglewood is absolutely smoking with a slide-laden main riff and a funky beat that really brings out the best in a post-Shakedown Minglewood. Tennesee Jed is well paced and floats into a gorgeous LLR that ends into a nice, Brent-heavy Don't Ease.
Playin' launches what I would call the "second set" portion of the show, showing this undoubedly mixed-fanbase crowd juse how far the Dead can launch into space. Drums segues into the real highlight of the show when Carlos Santana joins the band for NFA>Sugar Mag. The interplay between Santana and Garcia does not disappoint as two of the most virtuosic players to ever pick up a guitar work together to weave some amazing textures into these two crowd-favorites. A hot U.S. Blues closes the Dead's set after an unbelievable night.
The last two tracks from this recording are interesting from a historical perspective but don't really do much for me musically. If you've never heard this show this is a must-listen, truly five fingers on a hand-type playing.
I would give four stars for only one set but the Santana appearance makes this an undeniable five.
February 27, 2012 Subject:
I've had a tape of this show since the early 80's (compliments of my dear friend, RIP, Brother Tom.) The tape has suffered -- too much time in a hot car, funky tape players, etc. etc.
Soooooooo pleased to find this show here!
January 14, 2012 Subject:
Very good show,
high average soundboard. I always wish Cipollina would let it rip a little more when he's jamming with the Dead. Joan can really summon up the energy, though, can't she. Amazing Grace!
December 12, 2011 Subject:
The popcorn seeds that were sown
into my frontal cortex burst into into fluffy crunchy corns during NFA.
I suggest you start there, then on to the rest if you like.
May 20, 2011 Subject:
Christmas came late this year
One of my most visited shows. This one has it all for me and has converted many to believe. The band is locked into a serious groove for this scorcher. Reminds me more of the heyday of fall 79 than the rest of 80 which seemed more homogenized and settled than the blistering fall 79 run.
Don't remember a hotter three song opener, seemed like they were trying to pack it into this shorter benefit show. Beautiful jack>franklins> minglewood. LL rain is as good as it gets, playin gets out there for one of the finer versions from any era. Nfa is long and improvised with help from the guests.
Yea I just really love this one, thanx. It's a nice way to break in my new audiophile headphones that got delivered today.
April 8, 2010 Subject:
Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on 1980-01-13
I agree with utopian, the band was tight and strong that night. Little or no wasted time in the abbreviated set format.
But what I remember most about that night was the Beach Boys' performance. Brian Wilson had finally ventured out on the road for the first time in years, and there he sat, a big hulking figure at the piano, while throughout the set, Mike Love pointedly teased and belittled him to the point of cruelty. The others just looked on, embarrassed. It was like watching a dysfunctional family.